Saturday, 21 October 2017

Neighbours opposed to bungalow extension

NEIGHBOURS have criticised a proposed extension of a bungalow in Rokeby Drive, Tokers Green.

NEIGHBOURS have criticised a proposed extension of a bungalow in Rokeby Drive, Tokers Green.

The applicant Mr B Townsend wants a two-storey rear extension, a single-storey side extension and roof conversion which would raise the overall height of the building.

Trevor Perchard, who lives in Rokeby Drive, said the applicant was trying “to squeeze a quart into a pint pot”.

He said: “It is unneighbourly by causing a loss of light and over-looking. The proposed roof is a huge mass which will cause a loss of light to the eastern side and rear of our property.”

Most of the properties in Rokeby Drive are bungalows and neighbour Chris Priestley said the larger property would be an inappropriate size.



He said: “The extension of these smaller village properties is changing the look and feel of the community. If every property is allowed to extend right up to the boundary then the end result will effectively be a row of terrace houses.”

Neighbours Andrew and Gill Packman said the plans were “excessive” for the size and location of the plot.

They added: “We do not object to some development within reason but are asking for common consideration and respect for the neighbouring properties.”

Kidmore End Parish Council recommended that the application is refused by South Oxfordshire District Council on the grounds of reducing light to neighbours and overlooking.

The plans have already been amended to reduce the height of the two-storey extension by 1.5m and the overall roof height by 1m.



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